The Celtic myth of Donn and Danu is a tragic yet beautiful one. In the beginning there was a void that created the god Donn and the goddess Danu. The two deities loved each other so much that they were locked together. They were locked together so tightly that when they gave birth to children, the children could not escape. One of the children named Briain knew he had to cut them apart or he and his sibling would not survive. Donn was cut into nine pieces that became the sky, clouds, sun, moon, stones, and wind. Dannu’s tears of sadness became the “waters of heaven”, which then mixed with Donn’s blood and became the sea.
Two red acorns fell from the heavens. One was Donn and grew into an oak tree. Unlike many myths, Donn did not have humanoid shape. The other acorn becomes Donn’s priest brother Finn, who was human-like. The tree grew and dropped berries that became the first humans. The myth did not mention anything about the gender of the humans or their duties. The people became very lazy and Finn did not like this and asked his brother for advice on what to do. Donn said there should be death to motivate the humans, but Finn did not agree. It would seem Finn wanted humans to be more active and take part in the world, but did not want to discipline them. The two brothers fought until Donn killed Finn. Donn became so sad that his heart exploded and the scattered parts of his body renewed the world.
Three roots of the oak grew deep down into the earth, creating the other world. The otherworld would now be a place for humans to go when they died. Donn then became the God of the other world and Danu remained the goddess of the heavens. Unlike other myths of dualism, the two remained in love instead of being seen as locked in battle.
The Norse myth of creation is a dark myth full of betrayal and revenge. In the beginning there was a great emptiness known as Ginnungagap. Two realms existed to the North and South of Ginnungagap. To the south was Muspell, a fiery realm filled with poison rivers. To the North was Niflheim, a dark realm of icy mountains. Slowly Muspell melted Niflheim and a giant named Ymir appeared, shortly afterwards a cow appeared. The cow licked away the mountains of Niflheim, giving way to two more beings, a God named Buri and his wife. Buri and his wife bore a son named Bor and he gave birth to a son named Odin who would be known as the king of Gods.
Odin and the other gods did not agree with Ymir’s ways, because he was cruel. Ymir was killed and his body formed the earth, his blood the sea, his flesh the land, his bones the mountains, and his hair the sea. Odin used his skull and four pillars to form the sky. Odin used the sparks from Muspell to make the sun and moon. The sun melted the ice and gave way to plants and trees. The most important and biggest tree was Yggdrasil, known as the “tree of life”.
This new world would be known as Midgard or “middle earth”. Odin created humans from two fallen trees, an ash and an elm. He made both man and woman and named them Ask and Embla respectively. Their duties were to look after Midgard. However, humans lives were made complicated by the angry sisters of Ymir. They carved lines in Yggdrasil which would in turn affect each humans life. They endured that humans could never be as powerful as the gods. These spells, which Odin could not undo, caused humans to know death and suffering from then on.